ARLINGTON — Aaron Judge left Thursday’s sport early with proper hip discomfort, casting a shadow over an in any other case tidy 4-2 win by the Yankees towards the Texas Rangers.
Judge felt a seize in his hip earlier than he left within the fourth inning, a day after he slid awkwardly into third base throughout a win towards the Minnesota Twins.
“Woke up this morning and you kind of feel a little bit more of what happened,” Judge mentioned after the sport. “Culmination of having that and a couple swings today [and] really couldn’t get it loose. You feel a little something there in the second at-bat, and best to shut it down and try to reevaluate and see here in a couple days.”
Judge struck out twice earlier than being changed in proper area by Oswaldo Cabrera. He managed to remain in Wednesday’s sport after the slide, which additionally left his proper hand banged up.
The harm put a damper on Judge’s first sport at Globe Life Field in Arlington since he slugged his 62nd house run of the 2022 season there on Oct. 4 to set a brand new American League report.
He’s not sure if he’ll play once more in the course of the four-game sequence towards the Rangers.
“You don’t want to come out of any game, but I’m not too concerned about it,” Judge mentioned.
The Yankees haven’t deliberate any exams for Judge’s hip and can reassess his situation Friday, supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned.
“I felt like I noticed it on the swing and so I was kind of paying attention to it,” Boone mentioned. “I just wanted to get him out of the game.”
The Yankees didn’t want any offense from Judge to topple Texas, with ace Gerrit Cole persevering with his torrid begin to the season with one other robust outing. He allowed two runs throughout 6.2 innings, punching out eight in his first begin in Arlington since setting the Yankees single-season strikeout report of 257 there throughout the identical sport as Judge’s historic homer.
Cole improved to 5-0, and his season ERA rose barely to 1.11.
“It comes from my teammates, it comes from our preparation, and it comes from just being in a good spot to execute a lot of pitches,” Cole mentioned of his early-season dominance.
His solely bother got here within the sixth inning, when the Rangers loaded the bases towards him with no person out. The right-hander struck out Adolis Garcia and obtained Jonah Heim to floor right into a power out that nearly was a double play, had Cole fielded a throw at first base. Ezequiel Duran then added an RBI infield single.
Michael King collected the ultimate seven outs to select up his first save of the season.
DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres kicked off the Yankees scoring with back-to-back solo house runs within the second inning towards Rangers starter Andrew Heaney, and Anthony Volpe added an RBI single later within the body. Heaney pitched in 12 video games for the Yankees in 2021, registering a 7.32 ERA.
Jose Trevino, whom the Yankees acquired from Texas earlier than the 2022 season, homered within the ninth inning so as to add an insurance coverage run.
The three-run second inning was the largest brilliant spot for a Yankees lineup that’s struggled not too long ago — apart from its 12-run outburst in Wednesday’s win over Minnesota. Thursday marked the sixth time in seven video games the Yankees scored 4 runs or fewer.
It gained’t get any simpler for the offense if Judge misses time. He leads the Yankees with six house runs and 14 RBI. The Yankees have been already down fellow slugger Giancarlo Stanton, in addition to starters Josh Donaldson and Harrison Bader.
Before Thursday’s sport, Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone expressed confidence within the well being of Judge’s hand.
“I considered giving him a day today, and I might in this series, but no, after talking through it with him and the trainers, and then once he was all right today, no, I feel good about it,” Boone mentioned.
Judge additionally mentioned he felt able to go pre-game with a succinct, “Yeah, we’re good.”